Hi Wilbur! Does one use a bench hook in Japanese traditional woodworking? Have you seen one being used or do you use one? If so would its design be something like the reverse of a typical bench hook design? Do Japanese traditional woodworkers rely on bench accessories like we do in Western Hemisphere?
There are methods of setting up what effectively is a bench hook for shooting the end of a board or for jointing an edge so that it is square to your reference face. Stay tuned for more information.
I do have a more traditional-looking bench hook with an adjustable fence that I use for shooting the ends of a board with a Japanese plane. It’s made by Rob Hanson of Evenfall Studios, and it’s terrific.